Am I at a dead-end?

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at
Fri Aug 7 14:09:20 UTC 2020

@Nunez Steve <steve_nunez at> FYI Mark Evenson has merged my pull
request, so you may try with a build of ABCL from its official repository.

On Thu, 6 Aug 2020 at 10:52, Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at> wrote:

> I've opened a pull request:
> You can read some commentary there.
> I couldn't find a way to run Lisp tests locally so I may have missed
> something.
> Cheers,
> Alessio
> On Wed, 5 Aug 2020 at 10:30, Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at>
> wrote:
>> If you're ok with building your own abcl from my sources, then yes, you
>> can give it a try as early as you want.
>> Some form of closure serialisation works, and it may already be ok for
>> your use case. I couldn't figure how to execute Lisp tests, and I'd like to
>> write a test that spawns a new instance of ABCL to properly verify that
>> serialisation works across different processes.
>> On Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 09:47 Steven Nunez <steve_nunez at> wrote:
>>> I've been looking at a few other ways to accomplish wrapping Spark, and
>>> none look good. I could generate Java functions, which seem to be
>>> inherently serialisable, but that defeats the point of using ABCL. I also
>>> considered an approach using Java to call into ABCL, but then I've got to
>>> ensure that the ABCL functions are distributed to each node, defeating the
>>> point of using Spark.
>>> @Alessio Stalla, your most recent github commit suggests that things
>>> might have moved along to the point that function and closure serialisation
>>> is working. Are things stable enough to give it a try? Not this week, but
>>> perhaps on Monday? I'm happy to debug anything that I turn up. There's a
>>> new project on the horizon and I'd like to use the Java compatibility angle
>>> to try and get Lisp into it. If I'm lucky, I may not even have to mention
>>> lisp, depending on how/if the contract terms work out.
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